Vehicle and Materials Screener

District of Columbia, D.C
Feb 20, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.
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This position is located in the U.S. Capitol Police, Operational Services Bureau, Special Operations Division, and Off-site Delivery Center (OSDCS). The incumbent is responsible for examining, registering, and securing all delivery vehicles and their contents for explosives and weapons before they are allowed to proceed to the Capitol complex.

At full performance level of CP-5/GS-07, the duties include:

Operates x-ray machines to screen cargo for explosives, weapons and illegal contraband. Off loads cargo from delivery vehicles, visually inspects cargo, loads cargo on the x-ray machines, and approves cargo before authorizing it to be loaded back into the vehicles. Ensures that all items removed from delivery vehicles are properly reloaded and the vehicle doors properly secured before the vehicle departs the Off-Site Inspection Station.

Visually inspects delivery vehicles for explosives and weapons, using creepers for hands-on inspection of the undercarriage. Where practical, uses mirrors to view/inspect vehicle undercarriage when it is too low for creeper inspection. Visually inspects the engine and passenger compartments of delivery vehicles to include the inspection of the glove box and any items in sealed containers. Assists K-9 explosive detection teams and assists civilian freight handlers in their duties. Provides building security for the delivery center facility in accordance with Departmental Orders, guidelines and standard operating procedures. Safely directs the ingress and egress of delivery vehicles at the Off-Site Delivery Center. Enters and retrieves driver and delivery related information into the data base using the Department's computer system. Assists with the maintenance and cleaning of the work site.

Assists sworn officers in determining the compliance status of vehicle and material screening security sites for use in inspection and enforcement targeting, and in identifying potential violators attempting to bring illegal weapons or explosives into the Capitol complex. Assists officers in carrying out security screening procedures designed to afford maximum security, such as assisting K-9 units or directing vehicles entering or leaving the area.

Assess security screening activities; independently gathers data from the department's computer system, prepares reports, and makes recommendations consistent with established security screening practices.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • Shift work may be required.
  • Occasional overtime may be required.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.

Applicants qualifying for the CP-04/GS-06 grade level must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (CP-03/GS-05), which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Applicants qualifying for the CP-05/ GS-07 level must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (CP-04/ GS-06), which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position AND works independently with less supervision to make recommendations consistent with established security screening practices.

Specialized Experience is defined as work with a Federal, State, municipal, local, or private protective organization that involved the protection of property against such hazards as fire, theft, damage, accident, or trespass; or maintaining order and protecting life. Such experience must have provided knowledge of protective systems and techniques.

Physical Requirements:

You will be required regular and recurring physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, stretching, bending, reaching, carrying or moving equipment/materials, and similar activities. Position requires the ability to go underneath (using a creeper) and climb on top of large vehicles in order to perform visual inspections. Employee must be able to lift and/or move items weighing up to 50 pounds unassisted, and items weighing more than 50 pounds with assistance. The incumbent engages in such exertion when screening/inspecting vehicles/trailers and materials for illegal or banned items on deliveries to the Capitol Hill complex and the Library of Congress, participate in training, climb stairs or ladders, and walking in and around large buildings.

Working Conditions:

Works outside in all kinds of weather, in addition, when operating vehicles, drives in all types of weather and traffic and is exposed to the possibility of accidents. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Incumbent is exposed to heat, cold, wind, dirt, dust, mud, and water in the performance of duties of this position.

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (02/25/2021) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: )


There is no education substitution for experience in this series and/or grade.

Additional information

Additional Conditions of Employment with USCP:

Criminal History Check
-- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years.
  • A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.

Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans. Applicants must demonstrate a competent financial history. Financial delinquency including collection accounts, liens, repossessions, or garnishments may be a basis for disqualification.

Selective Service Registration -- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration.

Fingerprint Check -- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

Background Investigation -- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation.
  • There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Evaluation Factors

Please address all Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) within the narrative responses, so that your experience can be evaluated properly. To view the KSAs please go to the HOW TO APPLY section and click on the link Application Preview.

We will review your resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for this job. If you meet the minimum requirements for this job, we will evaluate your application materials, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your qualifications, accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire: Failure to provide a narrative response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
3. Other supporting documents :
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education, or other documentation to prove possession of the basic requirement for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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